corrupt Content.IE5 file

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First, would like to thank all who answered last question of mine concerning hanging in safe mode.

Finally got computer to run scandisk in safe mode but it still wanted to re-start all the time which led me to think that there must ne something wrong with explorer.exe since that was the only thing running.

However, ran scandisk from dos and found nothin. Does this mean that explorer was fine ?

On Dell I use sophos anti virus which found no viruses but a corrupt Content.IE5 file. Then ran the virus software on which I use on my computer escan (www.mspl.net) which found lots of possible viruses in many Content.IE5 files.

can I just remove these files or do I have to replace them  ?

Thank you in advance.  
 
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LeeTutorretired
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The Content.IE5 directory, which is a subdirectory of your Windows\Temporary Internet Files directory, is used by Internet Explorer for saving the downloaded html pages, graphic images, etc. while your are surfing the net.  These files can be safely deleted, for they will be recreated as you continue to use your web browser.

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Lee, I thought the files in there were system files or at least that is what the computer tells me. is that wrong ?  
LeeTutorretired
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In the Windows folder itself, and in many of the other subdirectories of it, like System, System32, most of the files are system files, for sure: *.exe, *.dll, etc.  But that particular folder and its subfolders contain data only used by Internet Explorer when you're browsing the web, and as implied by the name of the parent directory, Temporary Internet Files, they are only temporary, being replaced constantly as you surf the web.  How is the computer telling you that they are system files?
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After the content.IE5\ there is a group of letter and numbers all CAPS eg CU024756\ . When I go to delete this file the computer tells me that it is part of the System files and that deleting it may cause etc etc.

However, I ignored this warning a deleted 32 of them anyway.
LeeTutorretired
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Aren't those the folders, not files?  If you click on one of those folders (in the left pane of Explorer), you will see that they are filled with a lot of files that are cookies, or html files, or .gif and .jpg files, etc.
LeeTutorretired
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I don't think you want to delete any of the folders, but Windows will let you delete any of the files in them with no problem whatsoever.  But, as a matter of fact, it is possible to delete the folders, but you have to do it in DOS mode (not a MSDOS Prompt, actually DOS mode).  Then when you come back into Windows, the folders will be rebuilt when you start Internet Explorer.

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The contents of "temporary internet files", to include Content.IE5, can safely be deleted.

2. No, running scandisk does not diagnose explorer.exe health.
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The Temporary Internet Files folder contains the Content.IE5 folder, which in turn can hold a number of subdirestories with weird names. All this crap, up to and including the Content.IE5 directory, can be safely deleted and the whining about "system files" can be ignored. The complaint is about "desktop.ini" files, the purpose of which is not quite clear to me, but I've done this many times without any problems. The Content.IE5 will reappear first time you run IE.

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Thanks guys. the system seems to be running much better now that all that C rap is out of it.
LeeTutorretired
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Totally, why did it take 3 repetitions of the same answer, the earliest one of which was given by me(!), to get you to accept an answer, I wonder...

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Sorry, Lee. Am new at this no offense meant. The only thing that was different in the final answer was the bit about being able to delete the folders as well as the files.

If thereis anyway of sending the matter to adjudication please tell me and I will do so .

again apologies  
LeeTutorretired
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Not a problem, Totally.  It can be sent to Community Support, but I will not bother to do so.  I see from your profile that you're new to the site, and I remember the time when I first came to this site over 2 years ago, that it took a little time to learn the ins and outs of how this site works.  Glad you've got your question answered, and hope you've seen how very useful Experts Exchange can be in solving your computer problems...  By the way, you may not have noticed the very unobvious link to Help at the upper righthand corner of the page, which furnishes a lot of good info on every aspect of using EE.

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